The Good Ol’ Days – and a giveaway

by “Don’t Panic!  March Will Be Back” Musette

 

March is finishing up some stuff that is taking up 10,080 minutes this week so I’m stepping into her Size Sixes (I’m 5’9″ tall and …well, let’s just say those boots iz squallin’!!!)

 

I lived in an urban environment for most of my adult life and never gave much thought to the good ol’ days – most cosmopolitan areas are constantly shifting so you don’t have much time to mourn What Was – besides, I have a really fragile visual memory that is only now allowing me to recall the visual past – I’m one of those people ror whom, if you knock down a building and replace it with another, in the time it takes for that new building to go up I’ve forgotten what was previously there (for awhile I’d forgotten that the Palmolive Building in Chicago still existed (I only saw it from Lake Shore Drive as a child, with its famous Lindbergh Beacon).  Sad, but true….but these past 5 years, writing for the blog and living in a rather static environment, has allowed my skittering mind to settle and reflect on a lot of my early sensory experiences.  Here are a few of them:

Thinking about the Palmolive Building got me thinking about toothpaste (don’t ask) – when I was a kid we used Ipana, which I loved (great taste!!) – then my mom switched us to Crest (ew).  I miss Ipana.  It always smelled – and tasted – like that intriguing Beeman’s Gum which I could swear came in tablet form, like Chiclets.  Am I making that up?  Anyway, I love the smell of both of those.   Does Ipana still exist? 

Nervine.  My mother suffered from depression and spent most of her waking moments in a otc-induced fog, to keep from killing everyone in sight.  This was in the 60s, so there was no Cymbalta – in fact, we’d not yet accepted depression as a chemical imbalance.  You had ‘nerves’, if you were a woman, and took ‘powders’.  My mother took Nervine.  We all knew to get the hell out of the way when she pulled that glass tube out of the medicine cabinet – but I always was fascinated by that glass tube, with those tablets…because they FIZZED!  I would peek around the bathroom door (I was 6) and listen for the plop! and fzzzzz!  and once, even sneaked my nose in the glass when she turned her back (it tickled).   To this day I have a fondness for effervescent tablets because in my house those tablets were a mysterious signal that everything would level out in an hour or so and I would get my mother back.  And dinner.

A-1 Salve (Wizard Products Co, Chicago).  Apparently this company got binked on several occasions in the late 40s by the JAMA Bureau of Investigations and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for misrepresentation (false claims!  can you IMAGINE?  what a concept!)  – but what did that matter?  My folks LOVED this salve, reputed to cure everything from eczema to ringworm and the corresponding sulphur soap, which purportedly killed everything in its path.  The petroleum base and rotten-egg sulphur smell equaled HEALTHY TIMES in our household.  I came upon half a boxtop, when I was clearing out my pop’s old meds cabinet and those smells came roaring back, just from the visual!  I’ve forgotten the scent of 90% of the ‘fumes I reviewed in the past 4  months – but A-1 salve?  Nevah!

 

Poly-vi-Sol. Brown bottle with bulb dropper.  3 drops on the tongue in the morning.  Is there any Boomer alive who doesn’t remember the smell and that weird B-vitamin taste?  But I don’t remember it smelling or tasting bad – just very vitamin-y.  And all my peers seem to remember it similarly.  Funnily, this current generation of moms (at least those on the blogs) seem to find it VILE!  Did they change something?  Again, for me, this is one of those ‘everything is totally okay in my world’ smells, unlike Cod Liver Oil, which smells like terror.  To this day.  Fish Oil tabs are my Cross To Bear now.

 

So….what are your Good Ol’ Days smells?  Mine seem to be all about dosing and slathering but ymmv – Perfume?  Food?  Patent Medicines?  Housecleaning supplies?? (my household madeleine  is Sprayway Glass Cleaner)  – would love to hear about them!  I have a buncho samples to give away, including Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir – I was going to review it but Robin @ NST did it way better here  – no reason to reinvent that wheel.  It’s worth a sniff and I’ll throw in a couple of other samps to a few winners via random.org

151 Comments
Kismet January 28, 2012

Someone also mentioned Evening In Paris--I remember that my grandmother had a gift set with, I'm guessing, eau de toilette (maybe EDP) and talcum powder. I don't know if she ever wore it. But the that deep cobalt blue of the bottle remains one of my favorite colors. In the little town where I grew up, we had a couple of real, main-street dime stores. One was called Kress's (I think it was the forerunner of K-Mart). Red sign with gold lettering, wooden floors that creaked, and a little of everything, INCLUDING roasted mixed nuts at a candy counter, which gave the store a warm, delicious smell.

Victoria January 27, 2012

I love the smell of my grandmother's cabinet--vanilla (vanillin, not the fancy real stuff,) allspice and stale chocolates. Btw, I tried buying some vanillin to duplicate some of my grandmother's recipes, because real vanilla has a very different scent and it doesn't quite smell like what my grandma made. So, I cannot find vanillin anywhere. I brought some home from the lab, but it is so purifies that it does not smell right either. Now, where one find Soviet-era vanillin. Ok, A, you can tell me that I'm nuts. :)

Rednails January 26, 2012

The smell of new-car upholstery in the 1960s--- nauuuuughahyde! The smell of WD-40. My grandmother's Chantilly. Nivea. Novahistine cold medicine -- and Phenergan with codeine!

Cindi January 26, 2012

I remember Vick's Vapo Rub! Mom would apply it to our chest and then lay a warm cloth over it... Also, my dad worked in a chemical plant and the odor of his metal lunchbox is still in my mind! Many thanks, Cindi

Holly F. January 26, 2012

The smell of my grandparents' house- a bit still and dusty smelling, but clean dusty, upon first entering their home; then the different smells of each room- a roast simmering in the kitchen, cold motor oil from the downstairs next to the garage, my Poppop's Aqua Velva in the bathroom, and their bedroom, which always smelled like my Mommom's Knowing. That's the one that gets me the most.

Lisa A January 26, 2012

My favorite good ol' days smells are aftershave and Jergens lotion. My grandparents used these, and they always bring back good memories. :)

Bluepinegrove January 25, 2012

Mum deodorant! It was my first, a minty green cream in an opaque glass jar. It smelled warm, clean, ambery but fresh. It was the first scented product I started wearing, aside from the little-girl perfumes I'd get as gifts once in awhile. There was one in 4th grade that was carnation infused, very delicious and spicy, not at all childlike--loved that one. I'll have to ask my mother about it.

AnnieA January 25, 2012

Noxema, that pink Avon bubblebath, and the smell of water out of a watering hose...

Alnysie January 25, 2012

Like Austenfan, I can't think of much, but maybe glue, especially the one my mother made with flour and water, which is what Bois Farine reminds me of, unsurprisingly. And the smell at my grandmother's house, which was perfectly encapsulated in Passage d'Enfer. Maybe I need fragrance triggers to remember those scents...

FM January 25, 2012

-The smell of the costume jewelry my great aunt let me play with -- she stored it in an old Emeraude bath powder box. -The smell of King Leo peppermint sticks -- reportedly, I shared those lick-for-lick with my great aunt's Pomeranian...

Austenfan January 25, 2012

It's odd, but I don't have these olfactory associations to childhood at all. I have very fond memories of my maternal grandmother, but I don't remember her smell at all. After my final year at school I spent a year in France and that year is coloured by all sorts of olfactory memories. The lavender on the Valensole plateau, the smell of the street markets in the city I lived in. The smell of fresh French bread. And the list goes on and on. I think it does account for the fact that I love lavender in perfume so much.

Darryl January 25, 2012

The smell of Salon Selectives shampoo has been unchanged since at least the mid-'80s, and that's the smell that brings me straight back to my grandparents' house when I would stay over as a kid. My grandma always had a bottle in the shower. The drydown of Clinique Aromatics Elixir reminds me of her as well, the hugs she gave me. (This thread reminds me of nothing so much as I need to call my grandparents.) Other household/nose-of-a-child scents: My mom's lavender bubble bath (to this day lavender makes me think of bathtime, not bedtime); my dad's computer room and the smell of our dot-matrix printer working overtime; Ovaltine, the precious elixir that signalled when mom was letting me stay up past my bedtime to watch Carson or just stare out the kitchen window and chat; and the smell of our brand-new 1997 Volvo with leather interior (and also the 'ba-DINK-a' sound the door handles made).

minette January 25, 2012

childhood around-the-house smells - windex (the neon-bleu jus), lemon pledge, vicks vaporub when i was sick, one a day fruit-flavored vitamins (which i poppped like candy), and my mother's wonderful perfumes (ma griffe, my sin, fleurs de rocaille, joy). one grandmother only wore chantilly, so i always flash to her when i smell it. the other wore different chanels (knew instantly that she had worn cuir de russie the first time i smelled it on my own). later, i remember flex balsam shampoo, herbal essence green shampoo, love's baby soft lemon, and of course, my own perfumes. at school - mimeograph paper and ink, the root beer-scented cleanup stuff they used to mop up vomit (this combination is what SL chypre rouge smells like to me), crayola crayons, paste glue, the cafeteria (they all smell the same, especially on fishstick day), my 9th grade spanish teacher's patchouli oil. fun way to remember! thanks for starting the thread.

Janet January 25, 2012

at my Nana's apartment: coffee percolating (thick stuff!), Camel cigarettes, liver & onions! at my Grandmother's apartment: moth balls, Evening in Paris, parchment for some reason my signifcant other remembers coming to my house for the first time and I had a horrible sunburn which I had covered with Noxema. So that smell reminds him of me as a teen LOL!

LindaB January 25, 2012

The OLD Noxema cream, Dove soap, Coast soap, the OLD Herbal Essences shampoo (with the hippie lady and swirls of wildflowers on the front!), Pond's cold cream...these were the smells of my childhood bathroom and I can recall them all in an instant! I LOVED 10-0-6 lotion (didn't they call it "lotion" then?) and would buy a case of it if it were available. :-)

Julie January 25, 2012

And while I was searching for what was in Nervine, I found these lovely ads for dubious medical products - I'll have a Coca wine and a quaalude please! http://www.pharmacytechs.net/blog/old-school-medicine-ads

Julie January 25, 2012

Our house was built in the 40s or 50s and the basement bathroom had a metal soap dispenser for this gritty soap powder (starts with an L, ends in an X?). We didn't use this bathroom much and when I was growing up (70s and 80s), there was still soap in it! It had a very distinctive smell and I was shocked when I found a bar recently that was built in an old train station and still had the very same dispenser and soap. Other smells that bring me back - Noxzema (I felt like I was a grown up when using it to clean my face), Tangie lipstick (only kind my mother wore, and still does), my Grandmother's Revlon lipstick and powder. I can still get a whiff of that as I now have her vanity and the smell is still in the drawers.

FragrantWitch January 25, 2012

Brilliant topic! A lot of my scent memories have been mentioned above- Noxzema, Mecurochrome ( maybe that is why the skin on my knees is perpetually dry and leathery!) Flex shampoo, Teaberry gum. In the summer we would spend whole days at the town pool and then come home, shower and barbecue. I would use the whole Jovan Eau Fresh product line (or Jean Nate) and the shower would smell of sun-warmed skin, suntain oil and chlorine mingled with the Jovan. I would get out , put on pj's and follow the smell of the lighter fluid and grillsmoke outside. There my mom would be smelling of Aviance night musk and my dad of Old Spice. My brother and i would play badlinton using the clothesline as the net.You could smell other grills, hear distant laughter, ice would clink in glasses and the buzzies would start. Just perfect! My parents divorced a few years later so those memories are really precious. I also loved Finesse shampoo, Tickle deodorant, and Johnson's Baby Oil Mousse ( loved that stuff!) as well as Maybelline Kissing Slicks. Era detergent and line dried sheets... My grandfather's Brut deodorant and my Grammy's Arpege. Dust burning when you turned on the radiators in the fall. My dad smelling like the outdoors after splitting cords of wood for the stove and fireplace. snowy nights with crisp crunchy air, and snowflakes lazily falling. Sorry about the essay!

Claudia January 25, 2012

I have a couple of scent memories: Remember Body on Tap shampoo? It had beer in it, since beer was supposedly good for your hair. The bottle was even made to resemble a beer bottle. It didn't smell the least bit like beer, but I LOVED how it did smell! My second flashback scent is cherry Chapstick. To this day, whenever I smell it I'm taken right back to second grade, walking home from school in the frigid winter. I loved the smell then and I love it now. Thanks so much for the draw!

Sujaan January 25, 2012

Sunnlitt mentioned Tang and I have to agree. I also loved the fresh smell Pine Sol after my mom would mop so, just recently I was in KMart and grabbed a bottle. I was so excited. But when I tried it on my floors it just smelled like chemicals. Bummer! Either they reformulated or my memory is sadly mistaken. I'm guessing a cheaper reformulation.

Mary Beth January 25, 2012

I remember the the Beamans gum - a Sunday after dinner treat. Your Chiclets did come in a pepsin flavor once upon a time, but once the candy coat was gone it was just - well - gum. You had A-1 salve for eczema; we used Mazon - coal tar and mercury. It was eventually pulled because of inadvertant poisonings (I slathered the stuff on like nobody's business!!) - amazing I don't drool. The coal tar ointment smells the same but just doesn't work as well. Other scents? Bonne Bell 10-0-6, Dial soap (gold to be specific), Camay, Right Guard, band-aids (J&J and Curad smelled differnt, All detergent in the huge barrels.

EileenS January 25, 2012

Wow! Lots of memories.. It took me until I was an adult on my own to recognize that the pervasive clean smell in the kitchen was the dishwasher detergent smell as the steam came out when you opened the door to get the finished dishes. With 5 kids, the dishwasher was going all day. Teaberry gum -- it was clove flavored. I was the only one who liked it in my family, so no one swiped any. That and the maple filled chocolates were all mine.

mals86 January 25, 2012

Rubber cement. Crayons. Pencil shavings. Band-aids. And my "everything is going to be fine," smell, Porter's Liniment salve. Clove and sassafras and tea tree and, of all things, myrrh! And beeswax and camphor, too. Totally distinctive. Can't miss it. Open the jar, and I'm a kid again getting my knees anointed. (Still available, still terrific, still works GREAT:

Teri January 25, 2012

I've read that our earliest and most tenacious memories are scent memories and I'd tend to agree. There are certain scents that take me back to my childhood in the blink of an eye. The violet scent my Grandmother put on her handkerchief that she kept in her apron pocket. Just at nose level for toddler me, grasping at her apron to keep my balance as I learned to walk. The scent of Coty loose powder, Revlon lipstick and Chanel #5 which meant my mother was going out for the evening. Breck shampoo, Camay soap, Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder meant I was having my bath. Curling up on my dad's lap for a story. He smelled of Colton's Nine Flags Ireland (Green Moss). Getting a big hug from my Granddad whose jacket always smelled of wood smoke, gunpowder and animal musks (he was an avid hunter). The scent of white flowers drifting in my window on summer mornings from the fragrance garden my father planted just outside my window. As a teen, Noxema and Phisohex, Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo and Tame cream rinse, Dippity-Doo, Good and Plentys, Doublemint Gum, Coty Sweet Earth Clover and Yardley's Sandalwood cream scent in a pot, Yardley lip gloss, Village Inn 'everything' pizza, Green Rivers and french fries after school. As for cleaning products, EVERYTHING in our house was cleaned with the old-style Lysol in the brown bottle, or Clorox Bleach. To this day, nothing seems really clean to me unless I can smell bleach. lol

Maureen January 25, 2012

Barbie doll plastic. Honeysuckle surrounding the schoolyard at recess. Avon's Sweet Honesty Mom's Evening in Paris in the blue bottle. Nivea that all the really big busted ladies at the swim club used constantly. Coppertone at the beach. Big rubber inner tubes at the shore, in the ocean. Incense at High Mass.

adanish January 25, 2012

Oh, my - the memories are flooding back. My mother's powder. I don't know the brand, but that scent is a big part of my Boomer childhood. My father's Camel cigarettes - that odor announced him! But one of my biggest olfactory and visual memories is the cobalt blue bottle of Evening in Paris perfume. It had pride of place on my mother's vanity table and represented all that was faraway and elegant to my child's eyes and nose.

dinazad January 25, 2012

I forgot to mention glue. The white paste we used at school to paste pictures into our notebooks. It smelled like marzipan, only better. I'd be a glue sniffer if it still smelled that way!

Eldarwen22 January 25, 2012

One of my childhood memories was going to the corner store with my sister and a couple friends and getting tons of Pop Rocks and Coke to see if the eating both actually would make our stomachs explode. Or Menthos mints and Diet Coke and going to a deserted parking lot. I don't really see Pop Rocks anymore nor do I see candy cigarettes. I've also noticed that Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs are slowly dissapearing from the shelves of my grocery store.

maggiecat January 25, 2012

Ooh, I loved Ipana (and hated Crest) as well. A perfumista thing maybe? Our annual vacation was to a cabin in piney woods by a lake in the Wisconsin Dells. To this day, the smell of pine trees makes me happy, especially if combined with the water/sand/suntan oil smell I associate with happy times. And the fireplace was a special treat that i cherished as much for the smell as for the warmth.

Barbara January 25, 2012

Sorry! I meant my mom was all about keeping babies warm! It's a wonder they survived overnight's at grandma's!

pam January 25, 2012

This is a terrific topic. I remember Ivory soap, Octagon soap (I still keep an old bar-it was used if you had contact with poison ivy), Watkins Ointment, old school rooms with wooden floors that had been cleaned for years with that lemony wood oil, cod liver oil (I so loved that stuff as a small child, that I raided the fridge and drank half a bottle. The pediatrician was appalled and worried.), wooden pencil shavings in those school sharpeners with the crank you turned. Can't say we used Ipana, but does anyone remember the dark green toothpaste that contained chlorophyll? It was fascinating, and my parents did allow me to have a tube once.

Barbara January 25, 2012

Vicks VapoRub! It meant I was home from school "sweating out" my fever. She was still big on keeping babies warm when my kids (now 16 and 13) were little. I'm talking onesie, socks, blanket sleeper and blankets up to the chin. It's a wonder they survived overnights at her house while I worked! Smells that remind me of childhood are Bayer baby aspirin (loved the smell and taste!), Prell shampoo, Noxzema, my dad's Aqua Velva and Old Spice. My mom doesn't wear perfume at all so maybe I got my love of it from my dad! Teenage years were Vidal Sassoon, Lemon-Up, Herbal Essence and Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific!

Janet in California January 25, 2012

Flex Shampoo- that smelled so good! Vick's VapoRub, white wine in a box. Warm linoleum from the heated floors at school.

Tulip January 25, 2012

Tincture of Iodine (had to look that one up for the tincture part) and of course, Vaselene Petroleum Jelly.

Dana January 25, 2012

My favorite smells of childhood include a fresh box of crayons, big erasers, school paste, fresh mimeographs, my mother's face after Noxzema, and my father's face after he shaved and slapped some Old Spice on. Thanks for the memories.

dremybluz January 25, 2012

During the summer I always loved the smell of home mixed suntan oil--baby oil mixed with Merthiolate. It was supposed to give you the best suntan around. At Xmas, I miss the smell of glass wax mixed with food coloring we used to make windowpane stencils.

Ann January 25, 2012

I'm having such a great time reading everyone's scent memories, especially Tang/Pixie Stix/St. Joseph's baby aspirin orange smells, and who could forget Noxema? And does anyone out there remember Fletcher's Castoria for helping, ah, get little one's systems moving? I swear it had prune juice in it ...

nozknoz January 25, 2012

When I was a child, I LOVED visiting the dime store, the most marvelous place in the small town where I lived then. It was full of treasures - comic books, toys, cosmetics, jewelry - and had a marvelous smell that came primarily, I think, from the old-fashioned waxed wood floor. I remember a mixture of colored wax and sawdust that was swept across these floors to simultaneously clean them and restore the wax finish. I haven't encountered that type of flooring or wax for decades.

Alison January 25, 2012

The smell inside Burger Drugs, in St. Charles IL, in the 70's. I just checked Google and they're still there on Main Street. This is also where I bought some of my first perfumes, incidentally.

OrbWeaver January 25, 2012

St. Joseph aspirin - slightly orangey similar to Sunlitt's mention of Tang. Also Play Dough. Breck Shampoo.

bookhouseshell January 25, 2012

sheetrock dust, puddle pads, leaded gas. My dad was a drywaller & would be home close to the time we came home from school. He was covered with small white particles, especially in his hair, and smell like a combination of that and Copenhagen chewing tobacco. Puddle pads were flannel covered rubber that would be put into a crib to protect the mattress from baby mess. I was addicted to the texture and smell of these and received packs of them on birthdays until I was 6 or 7. Didn't leaded gas smell so much stronger & wonderful?

ElizabethW January 25, 2012

Noxema, Watkins Salve, Glass Wax http://tinyurl.com/247nr39, Avon Skin So Soft, leaded gasoline, Murphy's Oil Soap, Revlon Fire & Ice lipstick (yes, it had a distinct smell and I loved it so much as a child, I tried to eat a little of it).

Sherri M. January 25, 2012

My mother always used Jewel Tea children's shampoo (I don't know if anyone remembers Jewel Tea; once every few weeks the Jewel Tea man would stop by, and my mother would buy tea, spices, cleaning supplies and toiletries--kinda like Amway on wheels). The funny thing is it smelled exactly like Creed Fleurissimo. One spray of Fleurissimo and I'm six years old after Saturday night baths, getting my hair washed and set for church the next day.

Francesca January 25, 2012

I remember something called (who knows how it was spelled) X-¥ma Drops--some kind of vaguely orange-flavored vitamin drops; St. Joseph's aspirin for Children (get the kids hooked on the orange-candy thing); Antiphlogistine, a thick black ointment which I think was meant to bring cancerous tumors to the surface of the skin so they could easily be excised; and the dreaded Scott's Emulsion, which was some kind of cod liver oil thing (logo: a kid carrying a ginormous fish on his back). I think my mother realized after one attempt with Scott's that it was basically child abuse and gave up on that.

Fanip January 25, 2012

Nivea cream - we used it for everything, from face cream to body cream and sunscreen. Still love that smell, though I don't use it anymore, but I do but the newer Nivea hand creams sometimes and they still smell a bit like the old one. Also, orange blossom. I grew up in a city surrounded by orchards. My family owned an orchard. Every spring the air around the whole city would smell of orange blossoms, that slightly sweet and sour smell. The weird thing though is that orange -not orange blossom- is one of my most disliked notes in perfumerie now. Jo Malone Orange Blossoms smells exactly like the real thing and though I don't much care for florals, I keep my bottle in the drawer and sniff a bit from time to time when I get homesick.

Lindaloo January 25, 2012

Well I 'm glad to hear it's not just me who can't remember an ever-changing streetscape. Beeman's Gum I do remember (love!) and it did come in tablet format, but they were stacked in a package shaped like that of other stick gums. It's still available today in actual stick form. Many of my Good Ol' Days smell-memory products are also medicinal/cleansing. A big jar of Noxema for slathering on sunburns (and the empty jar for buttons), Vicks Vapo Rub for colds. And for colourful antiseptic treatment, the ever wonderful mercurochrome. Then there were yellow Sunlight soap bars for scrubbing stains from laundry. And later good old Lemon Pledge. There was little in perfume around when I was was young, but a couple of strong memories are my mother's DuBarry face powder and later the Wella Balsalm conditioner of my visiting older sister. Eventually I got my own Herbal Essence shampoo. I recommend enteric coated fish oil tabs -- more expensive, but those suckers are going to be way past the tummy before they start dissolving. No fish burps.

dinazad January 25, 2012

Tiki - basically, you were supposed to drop the tablets in water to make an effervescent, vaguely fruit-flavored drink, but we always sucked them instead. They'd dissolve in a sweet-and-sour prickly foam which was AWESOME. I don't see them in the shops anymore, but I got a packet of them as a gift, so I can skip down memory lane. The 100 year old merry-go-round in Munich's English Garden - it' still there, right beside the Chinese Tower. And it still smells the same, a peculiar musty smell of old wood, machine oil, a space closed off during winter, old coverings and thousands of children. Maybe some mold as well? Maybe that's why I like Messe de Minuit so much. Blue Grass - my mom wore it when she went to a concert or such. I still remember the gorgeous dress she'd wear. Sigh....... It doesn't work for me, unfortunately.

Madea January 25, 2012

Zest soap-- When I was nineteen, I was involved in a brief, unhealthy, 'we know this is a disaster waiting to happen but are going to do it anyway' non-relationship with a handsome rogue that smelled like Zest. White Shoulders-- My Grandma wore this. She was a teacher, stands nearly six feet tall, and was(and still is) the most wonderful person I know. I can't wear it, because when I do, I'm three again, playing with the bottles on her vanity.

ElizabethC January 25, 2012

The smell of an old Tudor house that we stayed in during a summer spent in London. Herve Leger perfume has a bit of the same smell and brings back memories immediately!

Cheesegan January 25, 2012

The rain forest after a hard rain followed by sun, apple orchard at end of harvest, bags of walnuts waiting to be dried, pancakes, bacon, matsutake mushrooms, horse barns, rubber cement.

sunnlitt January 25, 2012

I loved the smell of Tang--kind of smelled like Pixie Stix. That sharp fake orange-flavor smell. I liked Mentholatum, too. I don't use it now, but I used to slather it all over chapped lips in the winter. That must have been AMAZINGLY attractive!!

Joanna January 25, 2012

I used to love the smell of the old Halloween makeup. I remember it had a sharp, soapy scent but burned like heck if it got in your eyes. It must have had bad stuff in it, (Lead no doubt) as they don't sell it anymore. And lipstick the way it used to smell when I was a kid...like the stuff the Avon lady brought around in the early 80's. My Grandma made homemade soap, (From lye I think) and the bathroom in my grandparent's farmhouse always smelled like that soap, my Grandpa's denture tablets, (Your fizz memory reminded me of those tablets too) and bleach. Her laundry had a really astringent but comforting scent and I still remember running through the sheets when she hung them out to dry. My husband thinks this is the weirdest thing ever, (He's from VA) but the smell of Lutefisk is so much a part of my memories of Christmas as a child, (In Minnesota) that I find it really comforting. Okay I'm a little embarassed to admit that one.